Published: Thu, May 25, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Manchester Arena attack: Salman Abedi named as bomber by police

Manchester Arena attack: Salman Abedi named as bomber by police

But it's not yet clear why he was on their radar. 59 people injured, some in life-threatening situations.

As Greater Manchester Police confirmed earlier today, the perpetrator was Salman Ramadan Abedi, a 22-year-old who was born and brought up in Britain. The Times newspaper said Abedi was believed to have returned to Britain from Libya recently.

"The investigation into the terrorist attack in Manchester is large-scale, fast-moving and making good progress", Rowley said.

Soldiers were being deployed to key sites in Britain on Wednesday to prevent attacks after the terror threat level was raised to its highest level following a suicide bombing in Manchester that killed 22 people, including children. "He was in contact with his brother and he knew about the attack". Rudd declined to comment on the claim.

The elder Abedi was allegedly a member of the al-Qaida-backed Libyan Islamic Fighting group in the 1990s, according to a former Libyan security official, Abdel-Basit Haroun. Neighbors recalled him as a tall, thin young man who often wore traditional Islamic dress and did not talk much.

Mr Abedi told the Associated Press his family "aren't the ones who blow up ourselves among innocents". "In light of these tragic events, we feel it is inappropriate to go ahead with the victory parade in London", the club said in a statement.

Theresa May has revealed that "many" of the victims of the Manchester terror attack were children and young people. Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy in Croston, northwest of Manchester, posted a photo of Georgina on its website, smiling and looking smart in her school uniform.

"Messages of condolences have poured in following the deadly attack".

The suspected bomber grew up in Manchester's southern suburbs and once attended Salford University there.

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Ramadan Abedi said the last time he spoke to Salman was five days ago as he was getting ready for a trip to Saudi Arabia to perform Umrah, a smaller pilgrimage to the holy city of Mecca.

Social media footage obtained by ITV News showed heavily armed police blowing the door off a red brick building on Elsmore Road.

Around 400 police were deployed overnight following the attack, and on Tuesday, large groups of armed police were seen at several parts of the city.

Police tape still blocked access to the normally quiet cul-de-sac, home to many families, on Wednesday.

- He is of Libyan descent, sources in Manchester's Libyan community told CNN.

"I had a number of relatives here who got here before they knew where their relatives were - those relatives and patients were disconnected, they were here and they were lost". It was planned for Sunday in London, but the club said it chose to call it off out of respect for the victims and in light of the security threat.

I do not want the public to feel unduly alarmed.

The Special Deterrent force said in a statement on its Facebook page that Hashim Abedi had told investigators after his arrest that both he and his brother belonged to the Islamic State group. No information was released on whether anything was found. Cheshire Police, in a statement, said the victim was an off-duty female officer. Greater Manchester Police also announced Tuesday that they had "arrested a 23-year-old man" in connection with Monday's bombing.

On Wednesday evening, a man was arrested following a search at a property in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, and a woman was arrested following an armed raid on a block of flats in Blackley, north Manchester.

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